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Meet Jonathan Stock, USGS Innovation Center

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June 27, 2016 - Like most people in the Bay Area, Jonathan Stock remembers exactly where he was at 5:04 p.m. on October 17, 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area. Stock, a research geologist, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Innovation Center in Menlo Park and an active partner in Joint Venture’s climate response work, was in his Cowell College dorm at UC Santa Cruz.

“Pretty much ground zero,” he recalls of the 6.9 magnitude quake. “The shaking was so strong and the bright afternoon sun was blinding me through the window, so my first thought was, it’s a nuclear detonation. This is it, war."

Read Jonathan's profile.

Joint Venture is seeking a Chief Development Officer

June 27, 2016 - Joint Venture is looking for a Chief Development Officer to raise funds that will sustain and grow the organization's programs and initiatives.

The CDO will be responsible for all channels of fundraising, including corporate and foundation relations, individual giving, including board giving and engagement, as well as development operations and donor stewardship.

See the complete job description and application process.

Grand Boulevard Initiative awarded $350,000 Caltrans grant

green logoJune 27, 2016 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that Caltrans has awarded the Grand Boulevard Initiative a Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant of nearly $350,000 for multimodal streetscape improvements to El Camino Real in Palo Alto and Redwood City. 

Joint Venture is a partner in the Grand Boulevard Initiative with Caltrans, SamTrans, the cities of Palo Alto and Redwood City, C/CAG, VTA, the San Mateo County Health System and the Santa Clara County Health Department.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture board adds top exec at Ernst & Young and Water District Chair

Keegan headshot Karavadra headshotJune 10, 2016 - The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Santa Clara County Water District Director Barbara Keegan and Ernst & Young LLP Silicon Valley Managing Principal Kailesh Karavadra as its newest members.

Keegan, a former engineering unit manager with the water district and a director since 2012, is a third generation civil engineer who previously served in senior public works positions for the cities of San Jose for 18 years and Sunnyvale for four. 

Karavadra has been with Ernst & Young LLP for 25 years and has headed the Silicon Valley office since 2012, leading more than 750 professionals in the San Jose area.

Read the news release.

Peninsula economy update: job growth, housing shortage both climbing

burgundy and white report coverJune 2, 2016 – The San Francisco Peninsula added 15,000 jobs in April, capping a year in which job growth was more than double the national average, Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

A new brief from the Institute shows that year-over-year job growth on the Peninsula, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, ranged between 80,000 and 100,000 for the past two years, an annual growth rate of more than 4 percent.

Read the news release.

Download the brief.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org?

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2016 Silicon Valley Index.


Monthly Investors Council Spotlight

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Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. The Investors Council currently includes more than 100 private organizations, 56 public entities and 13 foundations.

Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

Contact Us

Joint Venture Silicon Valley
100 West San Fernando Street
Suite 310
San Jose, CA 95113 (View Map)

(408) 298-9330

Come Visit Us!

Location & Entrances

100 West San Fernando Street is on the south side of City View Plaza in downtown San Jose, between Almaden Boulevard and South Market Street.

There are entrances on West San Fernando Street and from the center courtyard of City View Plaza.

Parking

Parking in the building is accessible by entering the parking garage on West San Fernando Street, Park Avenue, or Almaden Boulevard.

Please be advised the garage is frequently filled to capacity early in the day and finding an open spot can be quite difficult. Further, the rates are expensive and, regrettably, Joint Venture is unable to provide parking validation or discounts.

Additional public parking is located on the surrounding streets and in several indoor public-parking structures in the vicinity marked by neon signs indicating the location and number of parking spots available.

We encourage your use of public transportation:

VTA Light Rail and Buses – Our building is served by VTA Light Rail along First Street and by VTA Bus routes 22, 23, 63, 64, 65 and 81.

CalTrain and Amtrak – CalTrain and Amtrak passengers may disembark at the San Jose Stations across from the HP Pavilion and walk east on West San Fernando.

If you choose to drive:

From the South Bay:
Take U.S. 101 North to Highway 85 North to Highway 87 North (Guadalupe Parkway)
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the North Bay:
Take U.S. 101 South to Highway 87 South (Guadalupe Parkway)
Take exit 6B for West Julian Street toward St. James Street
Turn left on St. James to Market Street
Turn right on Market to West San Fernando
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the Peninsula:
Take Interstate 280 South to Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the East Bay:
Take Interstate 880 South
Take exit at North First Street toward Downtown
Turn right on North Julian Street
Turn left on North Market Street
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the West Valley:
Take Interstate 17 North/880 North to Interstate 280 South
Exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

In The News

June 20, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - California's Skyrocketing Housing Costs, Taxes Prompt Exodus of Residents: "'A lot of middle-class jobs have vaporized,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

June 1, 2016 - (South Pasadena Review) - Linda Hess, Founder of Urban Harvester, Woman of the Year: "Linda and Urban Harvester found themselves partnering up with Joint Venture Silicon Valley in 2015 for an initiative to look into the current efforts in addressing the growing hunger and poverty issues happening throughout the Silicon Valley." More.

May 19, 2016 - (Mountain View Voice) - Upsetting Sacred Cows to Solve Housing Crisis?: "Just last year, the South Bay added 64,000 new jobs, but only 5,000 new housing units, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a regional think tank." More.

May 18, 2016 - (10News Tampa Bay) - New Technology Could Bring Driverless 18-Wheelers: "'Some trucking accidents happen because the drivers fall asleep. So that's not going to be a problem anymore,' said Steve Raney with Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

May 17, 2016 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Granny Units Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?: "The bill has received endorsements from the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Bridge Housing and Facebook." More

May 10, 2016 - (Viodi.com) - Jump Starting Mobility Efficiency: "His comments echo the view of the audience at the Joint Venture Silicon Valley 2016 State of the Valley Conference." More

May 6, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Jamba Juice Will Leave East Bay, Move HQ to Texas: "'Maybe we are getting to the point where some companies say it doesn't make sense to be here,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

May 5, 2016 - (Santa Clara Weekly) - New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens Near Levi's Stadium: "Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said the station’s opening is in line with its 2009 Climate Prosperity initiative." More

May 3, 2016 - (Wall Street Journal) - Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer: "Table buying 'tracks most closely with startups that hit that threshold where they’re taking out office space,' says Russell Hancock, chief executive of think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which follows economic trends." More

May 2, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - One-third of Bay Area Residents Hope to Leave Soon, Poll Finds: "'The economic divide in the Bay Area is real,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 28, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Residents Wary of New Housing Development: "'NIMBY is alive and well, and maybe stronger than ever,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley..." More

April 25, 2016 - (Cleantechnica.com) - Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center the Largest in California: "Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric. More

April 23, 2016 - (Motherboard) - Silicon Valley Girls: Growing Up Female Among the Bay Area's Elite: “Poverty rates among school aged children are generally highest in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties and along the I-80 east west corridor, a research brief from the the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reports." More

April 22, 2016 - (KRON-TV) - Santa Clara Opens Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Center in CA: "Officials from Silicon Valley Power, the Electric Power Research Institute, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint, and MJR Electric, together obtained a $393,000 grant that paid for the construction and equipment for the station." More.

April 21, 2016 - (NGT News) - California's Largest EV Charging Station Opens: "Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint and MJR Electric..." More

April 20, 2016 - (InsideEVs.com) - Plug In, Drive Out: Largest Public EV Charging Center in California Opens in Santa Clara: “Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint and MJR Electric..." More

April 19, 2016 - (Workpermit.com) - US H-1B Visa Cap Reached Within Seven Days: "According to the San Jose Mercury News, with reference to data from Joint Venture Silicon Valley – a group that dealt with a number of the issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy – foreign workers account for the majority of jobs held across several sectors of the region's economy..." More.